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BARA presents its third quarterly newsletter, published 17th April 2008

Mike Wilson (our President) would like to announce that our new BARA Consultants page should become live on our website on 1st May 2008. The slight delay was because the consultants all had to be reviewed and assessed before they could be added to our website.

Dr Richard Piggin, Conference Director and Chairman of BARAs Safety SIG (Special Interest Group), comments: ~These Safety conferences continue to be extremely popular ~ BARA will continue to educate the market and provide a forum for debate.~ For details on the upcoming Machine Safety Events ~ please look at the Events below.

Also all of our members are invited to the Business Thinkings annual breakfast seminar to be held in London on 13th May 2008. Please click here for more information and who to contact if you would like to attend.

Request for Support and Sign up to the delivery of our remaining Sector Skills Agreements ~ please click here for more information and contact details

BARA announce that the next Annual General Meeting will be held here on Wednesday 2nd July 2008. All members are welcome.


Due to the great success of the 2nd newsletter, I have now had the go ahead to produce the 3rd one! I would appreciate any feedback (preferably positive) from members regarding the design and content of Quartermation. I will be at Mach2008 on Wednesday and Thursday on stand 4995-4998 so do please come and say hello to me if you are at the event.

Liz Maxted-Bluck


MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association) organizers of MACH 2008, set the pace on skills, support and strategy.
Services are outlined in detail on the MTA website at, but the five key elements can be summarised as follows~

  1. Business Development: Promoting trade nationally and internationally
  2. Business support: Helping your business to run smoothly
  3. Technical Advise and Support: Growing best practice
  4. Training and Skills: Developing your workforce
  5. External Relations: Promoting competitiveness.

One robot supplier, KUKA, at the exhibition is set to provide visitors with a memorable encounter thanks to the Robocoaster, the Worlds 1st passenger carrying robot. KUKAs former employee Gino de Gol, a Warwickshire Engineer, invented the ride in 2001. The Robocoaster carries 2 people at a time on an exhilarating "rollercoaster squeezed into a box" ride which can pull up to 2Gs. Paul Richard of Kuka explains that the robot arm can provide full turn, tilt and twist motions in an combination which makes it very versatile. To date 100 have been sold to them parks and family entertainment centres around the World. Robocoaster will be in Hall 4 at Kukas stand no. 4895.

For details of BARA/IMRC Seminars, stand no. 4995, during MACH 2008 please click here for full timetable.

CENFRA (Centre for Food Robotics and Automation)

Cenfra will be holding their official opening on 22nd May 08. For more details please click here.

Walking with Robots

Next week (Tuesday 22nd April 08) there will be a seminar at the House of Commons starting at 4pm. This will give you the opportunity to meet the scientists and the robots at the cutting edge of UK research and will highlight the ethical questions raised by intelligent robots in science and society. For more information, please click here.

Robotics and Vision

One Day BMVA symposium at the British Computer Society, 5 Southampton Street, London, UK on 14 May 2008.

With various speakers on visual tracking applications, autonomous learning, robot navigation tasks and nano robot environments. Please see attached program for full details and registration form. This event will be free of charge to all BARA members (i.e. at the same rate as BMVA members).

Machine safety conferences ~ (17th June 2008 and 30th Sept 2008)

BARA, the British Automation and Robot Association, has announced two conferences on machine safety for 2008, continuing the very popular series. The first will be in Manchester on the 17th June (click here for programme and registration details), the second taking place in the Midlands on 30th September. The conferences are run in association with Drives & Controls and sponsored by the IET, HSE, IMechE and

The conference is aimed at specifiers and designers of machinery and safety-related electrical control systems, as well as managers and engineers responsible for machinery safety. Speakers will include the HSE, Rockwell Automation, Pilz, Sick and system integrators.

PPMA Show-30th Sept - 2nd Oct 2008 at NEC, Birmingham

The PPMA Show covers the complete production line and attracts buyers from all industries including food, drink, pharmaceutical, household products, cosmetics & chemicals. New for this year will also be the FoodTec and EcoTec Zones as well as a free seminar programme addressing hot topics in the machinery sector including automation. The PPMA Show is co-located with Interplas ~ the UKs premier plastics & rubber exhibition.

A special rate is available to BARA members who wish to exhibit ~ please contact Graham Earl on tel. 020 8910 7890 or for more information.

For more details on the event and to register to visit, please click here.

Seminar on Directions and Funding of Robotics Research in the UK The European Commission is offering funding for innovative robotics research. Reduced fee to BARA members (IET rate) click here for more details Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Bristol, UK Thursday, 29 May 2008
Automation 2008 4th International Exhibition & Conference click here for more details NSE, Mumbai, India 25th-28th September 2008
Military Robotics conference Including Military robotics research, European developments, Military Robotics R & D at the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Centre and current activities in ground-based Australian Military Robotics. Click here for more details Piccadilly, London 15th-16th May 2008
Scorpion Vision Ltd Open day about the latest news on 3D Vision Technology. This is a major UK Industry event and it's free! For more details please click here ABB Robotics, Milton Keynes 24th April 2008

Quarterly Quote

~Man is a robot with defects~ Emile Cioran

Press Releases

Notice to all members - If you have regular press releases that you would like to feature on our website and in our newsletter, please send them to me at the BARA email address, shown below.

Free guide to the new Machinery Directive (Procter Machine Guarding)

On 29 December 2009 the existing Machinery Directive will be replaced by a new Directive 2006/42/EC, which has important implications for companies building or importing machinery for use in the European Economic Area. Procter Machine Guarding is offering a free ~Guide to the New Machinery Directive~. This will help companies to prepare for the new regime

Although the main thrust of the new Directive is simplification and clarification ~ especially with regard to relationships with other Directives ~ there are other changes that will have a significant impact.

In this third amendment of the Machinery Directive, alterations have been made in respect of the scope, partly-completed machinery, fixed guards, conformity assessment procedures, enforcement and other areas.

The 'Guide to the New Machinery Directive' examines the changes in detail and discusses the implications. To order a free PDF copy of this publication, follow the link to 'Free Machine Safety Guides' at

03/04/08 - Procter Procter Machine Guarding to distribute free machinery safety CD-Rom at MACH 2008. View PDF
03/04/08 - Pilz Industrial communications technologies for safety and non-safety data View PDF
14/03/08 - Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation to acquire CEDES Safety and Automation Business, a leading European Safety Light Curtain and Optoelectronic Sensor Supplier. View PDF
11/03/08 - Barr and Paatz Anatomy of a robot - Stirling Paatz describes the anatomy of an industrial robot. View PDF
11/03/08 - Procter New website offers easy access to machinery safety View PDF
11/03/08 - Procter Free Risk Assessment Calculator redesigned in line with new standard View PDF
06/03/08 - Pilz SafetyEYE demonstrations and free machinery safety consultancy at MACH 2008 View PDF
05/03/08 - Scorpion Vision Ltd Open Day at ABB Robotics, Milton Keynes 24/04/08 - major UK industry event about 3D Vision Technology. View PDF
20/02/08 - Pilz Plug-in modules expand PNOZ sigma safety relay contacts View PDF
18/02/08 - Parliament Committee Engineering inquiry by House of Commons Innovation University and Skills Committee. Web site
18/02/08 - ABB ABB's roadshow - robots on the road to win over UK manufacturers. Web site

Best regards,
Liz Maxted-Bluck

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